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Spiritual Lessons I Learned from Moana

I’ll be honest. Beyond the Polynesian influence of Moana, I didn’t know anything about what to expect from the movie when my sis was saying my niece wanted to go see it. My niece wasn’t going to let up, so I finally took her to see it in 3D. Honestly, my first time seeing a… Continue reading Spiritual Lessons I Learned from Moana

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Black Lives Matter, Refugees & the Good Samaritan

Living with the results of other people's thinking is why something like #BlackLivesMatter even has to be stated. But we can change the results for others. Our thinking can be elevated; our compassion deepened. Those past results don't deserve our blind allegiance. I keep going back to these core things: Every person was made in… Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Refugees & the Good Samaritan

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LeBron James: The Prodigal Son & His Road to Redemption

Some love him. Some hate him. Some REALLY LOVE to hate him. Whether you’re a basketball fan or not, you probably heard about “The Decision” in 2010. If you’re a LeBron fan, it marks the day you became a Miami Heat fan. If you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, it marked the day LeBron broke your… Continue reading LeBron James: The Prodigal Son & His Road to Redemption

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Hearing & Being Heard

It was April 30, 2014. I was on a jetBlue flight bound for Seattle. I didn’t realize I was as sick as I was. I actually thought I had beaten what I thought was a small sinus infection the week before. I also didn’t know you aren’t supposed to fly with sinus issues. Why –… Continue reading Hearing & Being Heard

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Jury Duty: Insights into Injustice & the Justice System

2014 was full of rampant injustices. We saw unarmed men killed by police --- sometimes even on video. We saw those same men responsible escape punishment, even after grand juries were convened.   As much as these injustices make our stomachs turn, many of us still have one thing we hate more: jury duty. We simply… Continue reading Jury Duty: Insights into Injustice & the Justice System

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Knowing When to Shut Up & Listen

If you're living as a white person in a predominately white neighborhood, stop talking & listen. Please.   If your perceived reality is that racism doesn't exist anymore, it doesn't change the fact that it does exist. For many, many people.                                      … Continue reading Knowing When to Shut Up & Listen

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Remembering Love, Personified

  Last year, on this day, I wrote “Until...” & now, a year later, the piece that it alluded to... as I remember & honor a truly great man.     Transparent Stoic Compassionate Joyful Soul Man Intentional Loving Husband Father Brother Son Angel Pastor   Well done, Pastor Frank   Anyone who had the… Continue reading Remembering Love, Personified

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How Ferguson, MO could be (Your City Here) Next

The initial shock of Michael Brown's death seemed to touch every facet of social media. Everyone seemed to mourn the death of Brown..... UNTIL.....   Robin Williams always had a flare for theatrics. He couldn't enter a room without people noticing. And so, cruel & intentional or not, focus took a shift. No one was… Continue reading How Ferguson, MO could be (Your City Here) Next

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Spiritual Lessons from Shipwreck Hike

On Saturday, I joined a couple friends on a "hike" on the coast of Palos Verdes.  I was excited about the idea of this adventure, as sometimes the rut of the gym can be alleviated with a simple trip outdoors.  However, I never would have ventured to guess how much I learned, spiritually, on this… Continue reading Spiritual Lessons from Shipwreck Hike

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JH – A Beard, A Tweet & A Paradigm Shift

I don't know what it is. It can't be the move to Houston. The ink off that trade feels like it's not dry yet. But somehow... I've been introduced to a completely different James Harden.   I'll admit. Something about him always rubbed me the wrong way. I love the iconic "Sixth Man"... he won… Continue reading JH – A Beard, A Tweet & A Paradigm Shift